Thursday, July 5, 2018

Advantages and Disadvantages of Capsules

A capsule is a form of solid dose in which the one or more medicine and excipients is enclosed in a hard or soft soluble shell, generally as gelatin.
The Capsule is a common form of dose for oral administration, let's check some Advantages and Disadvantages of Capsules.
Advantages of Capsules:
  • Capsules can mask the odor and taste of unpleasant medicines and can be simply administered.
  • Easy to swallow with water.
  • Fewer excipients are required than tablets.
  • Easily and rapidly digested.
  • It's easy to handle and take.
  • The capsule is economical than other dosage forms.
  • Appearances of capsules are attractive.
  • The gelatin shell can give protection of the drug from light.
  • The shells of capsules are physiologically inert.
  • The gastrointestinal tract and digested easily and quickly.
Disadvantages of Capsules:
  • Medicines that absorb water from the hygroscopic capsule shell, make it brittle and therefore are not appropriate for the capsules filling.
  • Concentrated solutions requiring previous dilutions are inappropriate for the capsule since irritation of the stomach.
  • Not appropriate for highly efflorescent.
  • For storage purpose, it required Special conditions.

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